FormulaOne, qualifying forSpanish Grand Prix,at Barcelona, Spain
IRL,pole qualifying forIndianapolis 500
NASCAR,Sprint Cup,Southern 500, atDarlington, S.C.
Texas A&Mat Texas
EuropeanPGA Tour, ItalianOpen, third round,at Turin, Italy(same-day tape)
LPGA,Michelob ULTRAOpen, third round,at Williamsburg, Va.
PGA Tour, THE PLAYERSChampionship,third round, atPonte Vedra Beach,Fla.
Regionalcoverage, TampaBay at Boston,Atlanta atPhiladelphia, orSan Francisco atL.A. Dodgers
—Texas atChicago White Sox
NCAADivision I tourna-ment, first round,Brown at JohnHopkins
NCAADivision I tourna-ment, champion-ship match, USC vs.UC Irvine, at Provo,Utah
Playoffs,conference semifi-nals, Game 4, L.A.Lakers at Houston
Playoffs,conferencesemifinals, Game 3,Denver at Dallas
Playoffs,conferencesemifinals, Game3, Cleveland atAtlanta
Playoffs,Eastern Conferencesemifinals, Game5, Pittsburgh atWashington
Playoffs,WesternConferencesemifinals, Game5, Chicago atVancouver
—MLS,Dallas at Houston
Nuggets at Mavericks
5 p.m., ESPN
Dirk Nowitzki’s personal life has become anissue in his professional one, as a woman (fian-cée?) was arrested at his home this week forwhat amounts to financial shenanigans. Whilethis could be a huge distraction for Nowitzkiand the Mavericks as they try to notch their firstwin of this series, it is not without precedentfor players to do well in trying situations. TheMavericks won’t turtle when they play so wellat American Airlines Center.
2 p.m., NBC
The leaderboard has a decidedly interna-tional flavor, with Germany’s Alex Cejka at thetop of the heap. While the 38-year-old has wona number of events abroad, NBC analyst JohnnyMiller could have well been talking about Cejka,who is winless on American soil, when sizing upthe difficulty of winning golf’s unofficial fifthmajor: “It’s going to be exciting, when you havethose last three holes (16-18) and the chokefactor, and the pressure of winning The PlayersChampionship, a lot of things can happen.”
7 p.m., FOX
Even if the repaved racing surface atDarlington is much smoother than the daysof yore, this track still is a demanding one thatallows only the sport’s best drivers to do wellthere. So look for Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson,Jeff Gordon and defending race winner KyleBusch to do well tonight. If you’re looking fordarkhorses, look at Ryan Newman, who alsohas shown past Darlington strength and enterstonight’s race on a roll.
— Compiled by Roger Kuznia
Obama art benefits Berkeley school
has a newobsession, according to the
—he’s hand-crafting portraitsof
for charity events to beheld in Washington, D.C., Los Angelesand likely San Francisco. Proceeds will be given to the art program at MalcolmX Elementary School in Berkeley, Calif.Boykin will hold an exhibition today atthe Alphonse Berber Gallery in Berkeley.“I no longer believe in coincidence,”Boykin told the newspaper. “The waythings have lined up just proves it wasall supposed to happen.”The work, according to the
ranges from sketches to stippling andincludes Boykin’s first forays into acrylicpaint and cross-hatching.“The only way I could ever sell this isif I had the blessing from the president,”Boykin said. “To me, I feel like this is mychild.”
Nowitzki warned about woman
People within the Mavericks organi-zation cautioned
about hisrelationship with a woman who wasarrested at the star forward’s home thisweek, multiple team sources told the
Dallas Morning News
, 37, remained jailed Thurs-day night in Dallas County jail with bailset at $20,000 on a theft of servicescharge and no bail allowed on a proba-tion violation.Taylor has a history of financial crimesunder multiple identities that date backat least a decade and span both Texasand Missouri, records and interviews bythe
show. Two Dallas-areaTV stations cited unidentified sources inreporting Thursday that Taylor had been engaged to Nowitzki and is preg-nant with his child. Sources who spoketo the
did not, or could not,confirm her pregnancy.
“Mannywood” is no more. In thewake of
’s suspension for test-ing positive for a banned substance, theDodgers’ have stopped a promotion thatoffered two seats in left field and two “Man-nywood” T-shirts for $99,CNBC.com reported. The section will now be referredto as the “90090” section in honor of thenew Dodger Stadium ZIP code.
Michael J. Fox
, who is battlingParkinson’s disease, was joined bycyclist
and actress andCubs fan
for a game at Wrig-ley Field in the debut episode of ABC’s
Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an IncurableOptimist
reported.“If the subject is optimism,” said Fox,while at Wrigley Field, “then what I amdoing here?”
Jamal Boykin’s art will be on display today in theBay Area.
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